Commentary and information about public safety and security, intelligence and counterintelligence, open government and secrecy, and other issues in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The Science of the World Trade Center Collapses

Responding to the World Trade Center (WTC 1, 2, and 7) collapses on September 11, 2001, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) undertook an investigation to determine what factors contributed to the buildings' structural collapse. Equally important, NIST was trying to identify what could be done to make buildings safer, less likely to structurally fail, in a catastrophic attack or a natural disaster.

Many of the documents, reports, and other material prepared and published by the NIST are available at its NIST and the World Trade Center website. Some of the documents are highly technical and not light reading.


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